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Asteroid Friday: NASA Live Stream found here

February 14, 2013 - 02:00 PM
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Did you know an asteroid half the size of a football field will pass within 17,150 miles of earth Friday? That will be closer than some satellites circle the earth.

An asteroid half the size of a football field, around 150 feet wide, will pass the earth tomorrow early afternoon. This is record-setting as it is the largest object that NASA has ever seen pass this close by to earth. The asteroid, named 2012 DA14 will be closest to the earth around 2:25pm EST tomorrow afternoon. When it passes by, it will be closer than weather satellites and GPS satellites in orbit. You can find NASA's live stream below which will be a half hour commentary from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA starting at 2pm EST.


Depiction of Asteroid 2012 DA14's path

Near real-time imagery of the flyby from astronomers in Australia and Europe will be made available at Noon EST tomorrow and can be found below.


There will be a Ustream available starting at 9pm EST tomorrow which will run for 3 hours showing the feed from a telescope at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.


To watch for other asteroids, be sure to check NASA's Asteroid Watch page and another good resource is the near-earth object program which is run from the JPL.

I wanted to give a big thank you to our colleague Joe Witte for forwarding along this information to us.

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